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Re: non-free firmware: driver in main or contrib?

"Marco d'Itri" <md@Linux.IT> writes:

> lewis@catbox.co.uk wrote:
>>>>Of course, there's shades of gray, here. If all the driver does is emit
>>>>a message CAN'T FIND NON-FREE FIRMWARE, ABORTING without the firmware,
>>>>it's hard to say that it doesn't depend on the firmware. But if the
>>> This applies to almost every driver in the Linux kernel. 
>>Less than 14% of the driver source files in 2.4.26 even mention the word 
>>'firmware'. Hardly 'almost every driver'.
> You obviously missed the point. Almost every driver talks to a device
> which needs some kind of firmware, but you obviously noticed the ones
> which do not have it on a non-volatile medium.
> Why should debian adopt a different policy if the vendor provides this
> firmware on a CD instead of on a flash EEPROM chip?

Because of the reasonable expectation that the user already has the
EEPROM chip, and it's part of the hardware.  It's not something Debian
could ship or will.


Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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